The day after nine people were killed at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., gospel musician Marcus Stanley reached out to the alleged shooter, Dylann Roof, via Facebook. Having been affected by gun violence himself, Stanley says he understands what it means to feel broken. (Emily Rhyne/The Washington Post)

On June 17, 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof allegedly opened fire in Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., leaving nine dead and a country mourning.

Pain and anger reverberated through the country – it was another shooting to add to the slew of others in recent months. Yet, one person took to Facebook to send a different message, one of love and forgiveness.

Marcus Stanley, an award-winning gospel musician, reached out to Roof via Facebook just hours before his profile was taken down.

PostTV spoke with Stanley after his post had gone viral.

A victim of gun violence himself, Stanley says he can understand what it means to be broken.  With faith as his motivation, Stanley delivers an unsuspecting message.

“Let’s never forget that love did unite this country at one time,” Stanley said.

 

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